New website - http://www.TheYadkinFacts.com/
Alcoa has made available online public records related to the relicensing of the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project.
Documents on the site are organized around three categories -- the $5+ million in taxpayer money spent by the Stanly County Commissioners to oppose Alcoa's license; the missed opportunity to create 450 new jobs with Alcoa's recruitment of Clean Tech Silicon & Bar; and the tactics employed by Alcoa's opponents. Some of this information is not new, while other information has largely been kept from the public.
Some of the documents on the website show:
- Stanly County has spent more than $5 million in taxpayer money since 2006. More than $3 million has been paid to a Charlotte law firm that has billed the county as much as $495 an hour.
- The written agreements proposed by Alcoa and Clean Tech in December 2011 included a commitment to provide 750 jobs with an annual payroll of at least $30 million for the next 30 years.
- Keith Crisco, Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce, sent letters to companies interested in creating jobs at the former Alcoa plant site in which he emphasized concerns that might steer them away from Stanly County. The letters highlighted negative aspects of the site, including potential challenges that did not exist or were easily addressed, without addressing the many positive aspects of the site or offering solutions to the issues he raised.
- MMI Public Relations, a Raleigh PR firm paid more than $200,000 by Stanly County, suggested, among other things, sending Letters to the Editor from "a randomly made-up citizen."
- The NC Water Rights Committee was a created by Stanly County. A public opinion poll and other information released under the name of the NC Water Rights Committee was actually paid for by Stanly County taxpayers.
Alcoa believes transparency in government is important, and this site will make available thousands of public records Alcoa received from the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, the NC Department of Commerce, and the Office of the Governor in response to public requests. An initial set of documents is now available, and a searchable database of all public records provided to Alcoa is under development. New documents will be added frequently.